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Vice-chancellor and President of RMIT University, Martin Bean, sits alongside RMIT University Student Union (RUSU) President Ella Gvildys. They both address the camera:
Our RMIT community has been through a lot in recent weeks.
I’m here with Ella, the president of RUSU, to share a message of support. While we don't claim to shoulder the true burden of the families and friends out there who have a long journey ahead, our thoughts are with them.
This is a time where we’ve leant on the values that make us uniquely RMIT and I’m proud of how we’ve responded. Together, with care, with courage and with support.
Together we want to respectfully share our condolences and acknowledge the feelings of absolutely anyone impacted. We know some of you could be hurting right now. We’re committed to do our best to support those who need it, – and we want to listen to you. Sometimes grief can surprise us, or our own individual struggles can emerge.
As a university and indeed across society, we can never do too much to support each other.
When things happen in our community, it can stir up emotions and conversations about mental health. The health and wellbeing of each and every student and staff member is, and always will be, our top priority.
These topics are complex, so our specialised team are working with leading mental health organisations to ensure we are doing the best we can to support our people.
We are here for you and we have support services to help.
We work really closely with the RMIT Wellbeing team and will continue to work with students because we’re in this together. Our voices are all important and we’re all unique – and if you’ve got concerns, speak up. Whether it's dropping into RUSU Compass to have a chat with one of your peers, connecting with a trusted friend or colleague, or making a time to speak to RMIT counsellors who are available for students or staff – we’re here for you.
If you notice someone in our community who needs support – reach out and ask them if they’re ok.
If you’re a staff member worried about a student, we have practical resources, training and staff helplines to assist you.
Everyone in our community can make a difference. We can all take steps to tune in to our own needs, reach out for support and get involved in what’s happening to create a resilient RMIT community. Remember we’re all in this together. You’re not alone.
Let’s continue to show compassion, look out for each other and get through this difficult time together.
Please reach out if you need support
After Hours: 1300 305 737 or 0488 884 162 (Text)
Staff: 1300 786 860
After Hours: 0431 119 909
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